(Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1956 - 2016, New York, New York)
Tony Feher is distinguished for his use of mundane, often discarded materials, which he transforms into meditative artworks through simple, elegant gestures. In laying out, stacking or adding colored water to common objects, the artist encourages viewers to appreciate their formal qualities and to look at the world anew. A liberal arts graduate of the University of Texas, Feher studied architectural history and worked for architects prior to moving to New York in 1985 to pursue his career as an artist. Feher experienced a defining moment when he spied a cluster of marbles in a toy store window in Greenwich Village—admiring their color and luminosity, he understood he could select and combine objects rather than using traditional art materials. Tony Feher’s work has been featured in one-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States and worldwide since 1985. The Akron Art Museum hosted the artist’s mid-career survey, organized by the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston in 2014, and commissioned two site-determined installations to accompany its presentation. The artist has also created ambitious installations at the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul; Dia Foundation in Marfa, Texas; and Bard College. Feher’s work is in many museum collections, including those of the Art Institute of Chicago, Baltimore Museum of Art, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.View objects by this artist.